"In spring, wildflowers brighten the trailside and the creeks are raucous. In autumn, fallen bay leaves crunch underfoot, sending their spicy fragrance into the air.
There is no season when the hike up Humbug Mountain isn't appealing. But don't expect good whale-watching from the top; you will be much too high to see any detail in the ocean vista spread below you." Read more
"The main function of this trail is to get long-distance hikers off US Highway 101; and given its primary function as an OCT link.
Day hikers can enjoy a pleasant and vigorous 1.8-mile loop hike by taking the steep 0.4 mile trail, heading east on what is called the interpretive "Fern Trail" section to the trailhead near the campground." Read more
"In spring, wildflowers brighten the trailside and the creeks are raucous. In autumn, fallen bay leaves crunch underfoot, sending their spicy fragrance into the air. There’s no season—save, perhaps, during a winter sou’wester—when the hike up Humbug Mountain isn’t appealing. But don’t expect good whale-watching from the top (as one pair of hikers we encountered did); you’ll be much too high to see any detail in the ocean vista spread below you from the 1750-foot summit meadow." Read more
"Saving the best for last, the Oregon Coast section of your tour ends with breathtaking scenery: long, sandy beaches, rocks carved into graceful arches, jagged sea stacks, and sheer cliffs. US 101 is etched on hillsides that drop nearly straight to the ocean. These wind-blasted hillsides are dotted with viewpoints, parks, and beach accesses. Highly recommended stops are Arch Rock, Thunder Rock Cove, Natural Bridges Cove, Whalehead Beach, and Harris Beach State Park. In late spring and early summer, flower-lovers should not miss Azalea State Park, in Brookings." Read more
"This broad, gentle path follows the abandoned Old Coast Highway from Humbug Mountain north toward Port Orford. Bicyclists are attracted by the fact that this trail is a former road, so watch for zippy mountain and road bikes. Yet the route does offer seclusion from crowds, as well as beautiful views of the south-curving reach of shoreline below and Humbug Mountain serving as an exclamation point in the distance. There is no water along this hike after the first 0.2 mile from the trailhead, so, as always, carry extra for your dog. The stretches of remnant pavement can be very hot on dog paws, so provide opportunities for occasional shady rest stops if you hike this trail on a sunny day. From the trailhead, the Old Coast Highway heads gently uphill into a cool, leafy tunnel of bigleaf maple, alder, and spruce, passing once barren road cuts now bristling with mosses and sword ferns. The pavement here is intact, right down to the fading centerline. The path remains at least partly pavement throughout the hike." Read more
"The main function of this trail is to get long-distance hikers off US 101. Campground campers or US 101 travelers might particularly consider the southern section for a short, pleasant, out-and-back forest day hike." Read more
"A massive headland rising above the Pacific Ocean, featuring a lush old-growth forest and an interesting history. There is parking for around 25 to 30 cars, along with numerous campsites, water, and other amenities just across the road at Humbug Mountain State Park.
The old-growth forest is so thick on this headland above the Pacific Ocean that you half expect to see dinosaurs peeking their heads out between the myrtlewood, maple, and Douglas-fir trees that highlight a looping trail culminating in a 1,761-foot summit. (The trail starts nearly at sea level.) Oddly, while Humbug Mountain dominates the South Coast for miles around, the trail offers few views of the Pacific." Read more
"The 2.9-mile walk to the top of Humbug Mountain (1756 feet) is more a pilgrimage than a hike" Read more